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New York Power Authority to Host Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo on Sept. 27

Steve Ramsey

September 16, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will combine free family fun with money-saving ideas at this year’s Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo, being held at the admission-free visitors center at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Power Project on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now in its 23rd year, the Wildlife Festival will again feature a variety of live animal exhibits, along with entertainment, arts and crafts, educational presentations and children’s activities.

The complementary Energy Expo, first held in 2006, continues to grow in size and significance as more than two dozen vendors offer information and services to help businesses and homeowners reduce their energy costs.

“Autumn is a beautiful time of year at Blenheim-Gilboa, but it also serves to remind us that winter is not far behind,” said Lynn Hait, NYPA’s regional manager for Central New York. “While our Wildlife Festival is fun for the whole family, anyone concerned with rising heating costs should find some practical solutions at our Energy Expo.”

There will be a variety of attractions at the Wildlife Festival, including raptors, alpacas and invertebrates, plus musicians, storytellers and a circus comedy show. At the Energy Expo, information will be available from local businesses and governmental organizations that can work to help consumers lower their energy bills while conserving natural resources. They will include the U.S. Green Building Council, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Renewable Power Systems and Elot Recycling. A hybrid-electric vehicle will be on display as well.

Food vendors will have a variety of items available for sale, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued chicken and homemade pies.

The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center, housed in a 19th-century dairy barn on the power project grounds, is filled with hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the basics of electricity and provide a look at how the power project operates. Also on site is Historic Lansing Manor, a country estate built in 1819 that is now operated as a museum.

NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30, 50 miles southwest of Albany. To learn more, call 800-724-0309 or visit

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